If a soldier is arrested by the civilian police or could be facing a civil prosecution they must inform their unit chain of command immediately.
A soldier who does not wish to discuss a legal problem with a member of their unit may instead contact the following:
Advertisements for solicitors can be found in such publications as Soldier magazine or Yellow Pages; alternatively, they can contact the Law Society or visit a solicitors' office. Soldiers should be aware that the Army does not endorse any firms advertised in military publications and they should make their own choice of solicitor.
When soldiers and their families are serving overseas it is recognised that it may be difficult to have contact with a solicitor in the UK.
Army Legal Assistance based in Bielefeld, Germany, provide legal assistance worldwide including in operational theatres. It can be contacted on 0049 521 9254 3196.
Soldiers facing trial may be provided with legal representation authorised by the Army Criminal Legal Aid Authority, some or all of which may be at public expense.
Soldiers can receive guidance on this from their unit chain of command.